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    Chapter 17B: Establishment of department; "the department" defined

      Section: 52:17B-194.2: Findings, determinations relative to "Amber's Plan."

2. a. The Legislature finds and determines that:

Public alerts can be one of the most effective tools in combating child abductions;

Law enforcement officers and other professionals specializing in the field of abducted and missing children agree that the most critical moments in the search for an abducted child are the first few hours immediately following the abduction, asserting that if a child is not found within two to four hours, it is unlikely that child will be found alive;

The rapid dissemination of information, including a description of the missing child, details of the abduction, abductor and vehicle involved, to the citizens of the affected community and region is, therefore, critical;

Alerted to an abduction, the citizenry become an extensive network of eyes and ears serving to assist law enforcement in quickly locating and safely recovering the child; and

The most effective method of immediately notifying the public of a child abduction is through the broadcast media.

b. The Legislature declares that:

Given the successes other states and regions have experienced in using broadcast media alerts to quickly locate and safely recover abducted children, it is altogether fitting and proper, and within the public interest, to establish such a program for New Jersey.


This section added to the Rutgers Database: 2012-09-26 13:37:55.

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